Originally Posted by jlbtjb
Our family is upgrading from an old 27" Toshiba CRT to a new HDTV. We had originally looked at LCD/LED TVs but after reading reviews on plasma TVs and seeing the TC-P50UT50 in a store we were considering getting it. We are a little concerned about IR given everything that we have read thus far, but are also concerned about viewing angle problems with the LCD/LED TVs (we have a sectional couch in our family room and will be sitting all around to see the TV).
Our main concern is that we will have to diligently follow some break-in procedures and greatly restrict our normal TV viewing for over 250 hours just to prevent IR. We don't want to constantly have to babysit the TV, run IR removal / prevention tools, or be worried about our kids watching Cartoon Network or playing Wii games. We would simply like to be able to use our TV like normal and enjoy the wonderful picture without constantly worrying that something that we watch will affect the picture quality or cause IR.
We mainly watch some cable TV news programs, some shows on USA and the History Channel, and some cartoons on Cartoon Network and Nick Jr. We have a couple of Blue Ray discs but mostly a large collection of regular widescreen DVDs. We do plan on getting a Blue Ray player. 3D viewing and Smart TV options are not really important to us. Other than a Wii and a new Toshiba DVD/VCR recorder combo, we use an older Philips FW-P88 mini HiFi system for surround sound. Given our setup and viewing habits, do you think that the Panasonic TC-P50UT50 would be good for us, or should we look for an LCD/LED TV? Thanks for any recommendations that you might have.
I really am no expert on plasma, now in saying that, I
ran slides for 1/3 of the first 200 hours and also did the below
play ps3 every night (mainly hard core so no huds)
Watch movies every night
watch 3D movies
run the wipe just to make sure I see no IR (just about every night), No I find nothing anyway except minor IR that would have gone away just using the TV as normal.
viewing angles are great (practically any angle)
one of the best buy's for your money at the moment
buy it at Bestbuy so if you dont like it you have the option to return it, thats one reason why I did.
I know 2 others that have plasmas
one is a sports fanatic, and I ran the IR scrolling bar on that tv thinking for sure there would be some or burn, and I found nothing, and they just use it like a TV
the 2nd also has no problems and he plays some games from time to time for hours yet and he never seen IR
neither of these run the IR scrolling bar or slides, they are not as paranoid as I am, I just do it just to make sure, I have read 1000 hours of break in then your golden, that is what I'm shooting at, but now this is just on paranoia, the other 2 I know like I said never even cared about IR or know until I told them and they still don't care and both don't have any.
now I would not use much 3D games until you hit lots of hours on the set (and then still keep it at minimum), that does cause IR due to extreme contrast and brightness levels of the huds.
I know others will chime in on there take, but I think it is just paranoia and nothing more. (but please don't hold me to any of this, this is just my findings and thoughts)Edited by dfran1 - 1/25/13 at 4:28pm